Sail Scene – Mid-Atlantic

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Georgetown rains on BC’s parade this time

Evidently the idea of finishing runner-up to BostonCollege for the second time in less than a week didn’t sit well with the Georgetown sailing team.

At the end of May, BostonCollege won the ICSA/APS Team Race Championship with a final score of 11-3, as Georgetown finished second with a 9-5 win-loss record.

The following week, in pouring rain off Newport, R.I., and with the most coveted title in college sailing — the ICSA/Gill National Championship — within reach, Georgetown turned a 17-point deficit into a 29-point lead heading into the final set of races for the day.

The Hoyas senior skipper, Chris Behm (Hampton, Va.), alternating crew between junior Carly Chamberlain (Newport Beach, Calif.) and sophomore Marco Teixidor (Guayanabo, Puerto Rico), had posted finishes of 4-12-8-1-2-2 to finish fourth overall in A-Division. It was their finish in the last race that mathematically secured Georgetown the championship with 233 points to BC’s 266 points prior to B-Division sailing its final race. Freshman skipper Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.) and sophomore crew Alexandra Taylor (Hobe Sound, Fla.) finished 8-1-15-8 before their fifth-place finish in race 17B moved them into the top spot in B-Division. Another fifth-place finish in the last race (18B) sealed the deal to earn Georgetown it’s first national title.

For complete results, visit www.collegesailing.org/nas/spring08.